She’s a fast, Nike-clad athlete who just so happens to be golden, three times over. She’s Allyson Felix: the 26-year-old, quicker-than-lightening sprinter who helped Team USA earn three gold medals during the Summer Olympics. Following her stellar London 2012 performance, we got to hear from Felix about her work with Acuvue 1-Day, what she can’t leave home without, and what’s next after going gold. Plus, she’s quite the front-row fashionista, too!
We all know you as the world-class athlete and Nike spokesperson. But, in your own words, who is Allyson Felix?
I would say, I’m definitely an athlete and a very competitive person. And I think about competition, but I’m also a person who loves kids and has a passion for helping others and giving back to my community. I hope to really embody all those things.
When did you realize that 1-day, you wanted to be a professional athlete?
It wasn’t really until the end of high school. It was in my senior year; that’s when I really even gave it any serious thought at all, when I was starting to be on the level that I could compete with the professionals. It was from then that I was in love with the sport and that’s when it really became real to me.
In one of your Acuvue 1-day videos, you said you’d already won two silver medals and that one day, you’d get gold. Now that you’ve earned that, what’s next?
I definitely want to continue running, but I think right now the biggest thing that’s on my agenda is really tackling the problem with kids and getting them active again and really being passionate about that. I’m on the President’s Council for Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition, and I just feel like now I have a little bit of a platform to really speak out on that topic.
What’s 1-day like when you’re training for a big competition? And what’s it like after when you’ve finally got time to relax?
When training for a big competition like the [Olympic] games, my 1-DAY is definitely a rigorous training schedule and it’s very focused and scheduled out, but it’s also a lot of fun because I’m doing what I love and what I’m passionate about. I’m looking forward to a more relaxed day. I haven’t gotten there yet, but it’s good. I have a vacation planned out, spending some time with family, and really spending time with the people who have been on the journey with me for the past eight years now.
What is your fondest memory from the Olympics, or any other world competition?
From the games, after winning the 200, finding my family in the stands. That moment when I found them — and there was a ditch in between us and I had to climb over — but the moment that I got to give all of them hugs and stuff, it was special.
You’re acting as an Acuvue mentor for winners of the 1-Day contest. What’s some of the advice you’ve given winners so far? What advice do you think is helpful for anyone working toward a goal?
I think the biggest piece of advice that I have been able to give them is to just go after their dreams. I think that nothing is too far away. If they set their priorities straight, they can definitely accomplish it and just really go out there. Try to break that goal down into little goals to constantly keep progressing. I feel like sometimes we look at a problem and it seems so unattainable, but if you make it smaller increments, it can feel more achievable.
What inspires you?
Other people inspire me — I find inspiration from other successful people in all different forms. There are people who are very passionate about something and they work hard and that inspires me.
As an athlete, we’re sure you’re training a lot, and that can take a toll on your body. What are some of the beauty basics to keep you looking and feeling your best year round?
I carry around cleansing cloths, and I think that’s really important after you’re working out just to cleanse your face. And, of course, I’m in the sun all the time so a moisturizer with sunscreen. And then, of course, I do like makeup sometimes and all that fun stuff.
What are the three things that you never leave home without?
My cell phone, lip gloss, and money.
Spring 2013 shows are wrapping up, and we caught you in a few front rows at New York Fashion Week (Alice + Olivia, Rebecca Minkoff, Badgley Mischka, and even Burberry across the pond!). Are there any designers who you were especially excited to see?
During Fashion Week, I went to Tommy Hilfiger, which of course, is very just classic American, which was cool. I also saw Rebecca Minkoff and Alice + Olivia, which I just love. They are so fun and flirty, so lots of good stuff!